Perfect Bacon - Vortex Air Fryer

One of my favorite things to cook in my Vortex Air Fryer is bacon. It comes out perfect every time and it takes only a few minutes to make it!

Try our perfect air fryer bacon in these recipes…


LA Street Dog

Mini Egg, Bacon, and Cheese Quiche (just swap bacon for ham!)

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Air Fryer Hot Pockets  (just swap bacon for ham!)

Mini Potato Skins

Chicken Bacon Ranch Burgers

Bacon Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

Perfect Bacon - Vortex Air Fryer

Perfect Vortex Air Fryer Bacon

4.77 from 13 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vortex Air Fryer
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Calories: 946kcal


  • Vortex Air Fryer


  • 1/2 lb bacon


  • Preheat an air fryer to 390 degrees.
  • Lay bacon in a single layer on a rack. You can cook two racks at once.
  • Cook for 4 minutes and flip. When you flip, also switch the racks so they cook evenly. Cook for another 4 minutes.
  • You may need to cook a few minutes more depending on the desired crispness.


Calories: 946kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 90g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 150mg | Sodium: 1501mg | Potassium: 449mg | Vitamin A: 84IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg


  1. Martha Steele on December 29, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    5 stars
    PERFECTION! Best bacon I’ve ever cooked and clean up is so EASY.

    • vortexrecipes on January 5, 2020 at 1:00 pm

      Glad you like it! Air Fryer bacon is the only way I cook it now!

    • Sasha on January 27, 2021 at 8:31 pm

      5 stars
      This is so much easier and I don’t get splattered with greace. I added a little water per Amanda’s suggestion. Aluminum foil work’s great and easy to clean up.

      • Mike on February 20, 2021 at 8:18 pm

        Are you putting foil on the pan the bacon cooks on, or the bottom catch pan with water in it?

        • vortexrecipes on February 23, 2021 at 1:48 pm

          Nope I just use the drip pan. Discard (or keep!!!) the bacon grease. Rinse after use and throw in the dishwasher. Easy clean-up!

  2. Melissa on February 23, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Your picture shows the rack, not the basket…which one did you use?

    • vortexrecipes on February 26, 2020 at 11:15 am

      You can cook bacon in any air fryer. Before I had the Vortex I had a Bella and it still made great bacon. For the Vortex I use a rack.

  3. Cmw on April 25, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Mine smoked up the whole house!

    • vortexrecipes on April 25, 2020 at 10:54 am

      It can, especially with really fatty bacon. It pops up and smokes on the fan. Move the rack down lower to the middle or even the bottom.

    • Amanda Winn on January 1, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Put a bit of water into the drip pan and it will help with this

  4. Windy on April 26, 2020 at 10:22 am

    My bacon turned out great. Crisp but not hard. The clean up was very easy.

  5. Charles DelOrfano on July 29, 2020 at 10:41 am

    4 stars
    I did mine for the first time on 400 degrees for 10 minutes on the middle rack. Perfect bacon!
    Nice & crispy, exactly to my taste. I covered the tray with foil and easy-breezy cleanup.

  6. James K Brown K Brown on November 16, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    these recipes do not work on my airfryer only have i level to cook on

    • vortexrecipes on November 24, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      You can still cook most items, it will just take longer. Bacon can be cooked in any air fryer!

  7. Bonnie watson on January 12, 2021 at 10:58 am

    Need a cook book so I can learn how to use my vortex

    • John R Lindberg on February 12, 2021 at 10:47 am

      Not really. Just do a search for Air Fryer recipes and you will be on your way!

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